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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active gets Marshmallow update

If you are still rocking a Galaxy S5 Active and are going to do so for a while at least, you have a reason to rejoice. AT&T has finally released the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 update for the phone. Shortly following the update for the standard AT&T S5, the update for the S5 Active is identical and comes in a solid year after Google announced it and just in time to be only one version behind the latest version of Android. The list of updates include everything included in Android Marshmallow, along with Wi-Fi calling, video calling, and Android security updates. Source

Huawei Honor 8 Malaysia launch set for early next month

Huawei's sub-brand Honor has confirmed that the Honor 8 will land in Malaysia early next month - September 6 to be precise. The confirmation came in the form of a Facebook post from Honor Malaysia yesterday. There's, however, currently no information on exactly how much the device will cost in the Asian country. In case you missed, the phone is now available for purchase in the US, where it carries an official price tag of $399.99. The Honor 8 has also been made official in many other markets, including Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. Source

Canadian carriers start selling BlackBerry DTEK50

The BlackBerry DTEK50, which has been officially available for purchase in Canada for nearly a couple of weeks now, can now also be purchased through most of the major carriers in the country. Bell, Telus, Wind, SaskTel, Rogers, and Videotron are all now selling the Android-powered phone. The no-contract pricing seems to be pretty consistent across the carriers (with almost all of them offering the device for CAD 450), except for Videotron, which is selling the phone for CAD 430. Source 1 2 3 | Via

LeEco Le 2S Pro allegedly passes through AnTuTu

LeEco really seems to have put its ambitions and efforts on high gear lately and is thus now a frequent guest at the rumor mill. Lately, the excitement has been revolving around the LeEco Le 2s - the alleged successor to the only four moth or so old Le 2. The manufacturer is promising nothing short of a benchmark-breaker this time around and evidence seems to be backing up said claim with every passing day. One of the many attractions on the handset's suggested specs sheet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC. The upgraded version of the top-dog 820 didn't make an appearance on the...

Regulators and watchdogs are coming down hard on WhatsApp's new privacy policy

WhatsApp's recent decision to share user data with parent company Facebook is quickly turning into a full blown privacy scandal. If you are not in the know about the move, it basically comes down to a change in terms and conditions that will enable sharing some WhatsApp info, like online status and your phone number with Facebook. According to official statements, this will help Facebook improve its friends suggestions and ad accuracy, among other things and will not affect the encryption and protection of WhatsApp conversations. Both aforementioned parties and their common...

Motorola Moto Z Play spotted in promotional poster in China

Looks like the Motorola Moto Z Play - which has already been the subject of several rumors and leaks - may soon be made official. A promotional poster for the upcoming device has been spotted outside a retailer's shop in China, suggesting an imminent launch. The poster suggests that the Moto Z Play is also a modular-smartphone, with a battery that can run upto 36 hours in standby mode. A 15 minute charge is enough for the phone to run for a whopping 10 hours. The poster also confirms a 16MP rear camera for the device. Reports say the phone - which has already been certified by TENAA...

LeEco Le Max 2 receives price cut in China

The LeEco Le Max 2, which was launched in China back in May this year, has received a price cut in the country. The device is now selling for RMB 1,455, which translates into around $220 at current exchange rates. It's worth mentioning that the price cut is for the 4GB RAM variant that was launched for RMB 2099, or around $315. To refresh, some of the key specs of the Le Max 2 include Snapdragon 820 SoC, 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 21MP/8MP camera combo, and 3,100mAh battery. Via

T-Mobile has posted a list of Samsung and HTC models that will get an Android 7.0 update

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat is officially out, the thing on most enthusiastic user's minds is whether their handset will be enjoying this iteration of Google's mobile OS and if so, when. Sadly, there is never a simple answer to this question, especially when you take into account all the regional and carrier versions of a given phone and their respective support life cycle. Today, T-Mobile published a list of its own carrier version Samsung devices that will be getting the OTA at some point. It is preliminary and more entries could be added in the future, but currently it includes...

Update to Microsoft Bing's iOS app brings new reading mode option

Microsoft has pushed out a new update to Bing's iOS app. The update bumps the app to version 6.7.2 and brings along several changes, including a new reading mode option. The new option will appear on news pages, making "reading more enjoyable." Bing for iOS The updated app also lets you pick your preferred map app, as well as explore trending songs and artists on the new Music page. In addition, you can now add movies to your Netflix/ Amazon Prime watchlist and explore the watchlist directly in the Movies page. For the complete change-log, as well as to download the updated Bing...

New Xiaomi Mi Note 2 leak confirms SD821 SoC, curved display, and dual-camera setup

A new set of leaked images alleged to be of the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 have leaked online, confirming some of the key design aspects as well as specs that have already been rumored earlier. The following images confirm that the device sports a curved display, with rumors saying that there will be two editions: one with 1080p resolution and other with QHD. Another leaked image (shown below), which looks like an official one, reveals dual rear-camera setup, and specs like 5.5-inch OLED screen, all-metal body, 6GB/128GB memory configuration, and Snapdragon 821 chipset. Sadly,...

Huawei flagships (starting with Honor 8) to come preloaded with Truecaller dialer app

Swedish company Truecaller has partnered with China's Huawei to bring its popular smart dialer/caller ID app to the latter's flagship smartphones, including the Honor 8 which has just been launched in the US and many other regions around the world. The Truecaller app will be rolled out to Huawei mobile phones in America, Middle East & North Africa, South East Asia & India by end of next month, the company says, adding that the app has been "optimized to work seamlessly with all devices." For those who aren't in the know, Truecaller offers a smart caller ID functionality (that lets...

Huawei Honor 8 is now available for purchase in US

The Honor 8, which was officially announced by Huawei for the US market last week, is now available for purchase in the country. The unlocked variant of the device is now listed on the HiHonor US online store. As for price, the phone carries a tag of $399.99. Those who register on the website will also get a $50 coupon. While the device comes in white, gold, black, blue, and pink color options, only the white model is currently up for grabs. In case you missed, the phone has also made it to other regions worldwide, including Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. Source

Android Nougat ported to the LG Nexus 4

This is real proof that the Android developer's community is capable of some really awesome things. The 4 year old LG Nexus 4, which originally launched with Android 4.1 Jellybean, is indeed capable of running Android Nougat. As a refresher, the Nexus 4 runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor which is paired with just 2GB of RAM. Recognized contributor at XDA Developers, Zaclimon has ported an Android Nougat build for the original LG-Nexus. This isn't by ANY means, a daily driver. Flash at your own risk!! Also, expect crashes because you will see a "ton" of them. - Zaclimon...

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 gets Marshmallow update too

For a short while not long ago it looked like Samsung's original Galaxy Tab S line would not ever be receiving updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Thankfully, though, that turned out not to be true. In fact, we've seen the update being pushed to the 10.5-inch LTE Tab S in Germany just yesterday. And now it's time for its smaller sibling to be on the receiving end of the same new software release. Once again in Germany, the LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is now getting the Android Marshmallow update too. Samsung emphasizes a few things in its changelog, such as the fact that you can...

Samsung launches Galaxy Note7 in China with only 4GB of RAM

Today Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note7 in China, at a special event. Despite many past rumors claiming we'll see a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in China, this was not mentioned at all in the official presentation. So the Note7 makes its debut in China with 'just' 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the same values it sports in every other market. The Chinese model is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, just like the USA-bound Note7, interestingly (and not Samsung's Exynos solution used everywhere else throughout the world). As you'd expect, all the other...

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus leaks, details improvements for flexible tablet

Lenovo's Yoga tablets are great for home use - built-in kickstand, big battery, powerful speakers and other perks. There's a new one coming, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10, and the leak points to a massive upgrade over the regular Tab 3. The 10" screen will have 2,560 x 1,600px (16:10) resolution (up from 1,280 x 800px) and it's a quality IPS panel. It's powered by a Snapdragon 650 (up from a 210!) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage (expandable), running Android 6.0. Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 (leaked images) There's no built-in projector in this generation, but you do get JBL...

Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime preview: First look

The Redmi 3S is the latest Xiaomi smartphone to be launched in India, the biggest market for the Chinese manufacturer outside of its home country. The 3S comes in as a replacement for the now ageing Redmi 2, which has been quite popular and has been one of the best phones in its price range for quite some time now.

SD625-powered Xiaomi mido with 2GB RAM spotted on Geekbench

A mysterious Xiaomi smartphone has been spotted on benchmarking website Geekbench. Dubbed mido, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC with octa-core 2.02GHz processor and has 2GB of RAM. The listing also reveals that it runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. Sadly, nothing else is currently known abut the device, although some reports say that the mido could be the 2GB RAM variant of Xiaomi's upcoming Redmi 4 smartphone. Needless to say, we will continue to keep you updated as and when more information surfaces. Source | Via

The Xperia XR and Xperia X Compact may launch in late September

Rumors about the new Xperia flagships - Xperia XR and Xperia X Compact - are mounting quickly. So far the thinking is that they will be unveiled at IFA (Sony's event is scheduled for September 1). With the unveiling near, the launch isn't far away either - a leakster on Twitter hinted at the date September 24. On that day, Sony should unveil new Style Covers but "they are not alone." This will be a quick launch from Sony, which really dragged out the X family - unveiled in February, the X went on sale in May, the X Performance in June. But at least the Sony Xperia XR is ready -...